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JANUARY 2013  ISSUE 06 Times UNIDO PA R T N E R F O R P RO S P E R I T Y CONTENTS 02  News and features 05 Special feature: Agro-industrial value chains in Egypt 06 Special feature: Small farmers - big business 07 Special feature: Helping post-war Sri Lanka improve food standards 08  Regional focus: project summaries from UNIDO's regional programmes Still from UNIDO's public service announement screened on CNN. Photo by UNIDO 13 Partnering for prosperity 14  Research, policy and statistics THE GREEN INDUSTRY PLATFORM The membership of the advisory board for the Green Industry Platform (GIP) – the global, multi-stakeholder initiative launched by UNIDO – was announced in late November 2012 during a high-level discussion on the sidelines of the 40th session of the Industrial Development Board. The GIP advisory board is composed of the Governments of Colombia, Jordan, Kenya, the Philippines and Poland; the following private sector companies: Broad Group, Microsoft Corporation, Novozymes A/S and Viyellatex Group; and the Environment Directorate-General of the European Commission, the Global Environment Facility, the Global Green Growth Institute, the International Chamber of Commerce and the Turkish Association for Energy Efficiency. The GIP is a unique forum in which businesses, governments, international organizations and civil society organizations can work together at the highest levels to help introduce and strengthen economically viable, environmentally sound and socially conscious practices throughout the global manufacturing process. Members of the GIP undertake concrete actions to improve resource efficiency, strengthen waste management, reduce and eliminate toxic materials, employ energy efficiency practices and renewable energy and adopt a lifetime approach to product manufacture, as well as to put into practice a number of measures which support the “greening” of existing industries and the creation of new “green” industries. The announcement of the Platform’s advisory board members was made by Heinz Leuenberger, the Director of UNIDO’s Environmental Management Branch, as around 200 participants gathered for the Green Industry Platform panel discussion. In his opening remarks, the DirectorGeneral of UNIDO, Kandeh K. Yumkella, outlined the political context in which the Green Industry Initiative was launched, and emphasized the cross-regional and highlevel character of the Platform. (Continued on page 2) 15  Management issues 16  Forthcoming events and new publications >03 >04 >07 >08 >14 >16

UNIDO Times 6 - January 2013

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